Data Processing Technicians

Data processing technicians use computers to manage and store information. They provide complex and detailed information necessary for daily office operations in business and government. With computers they can organize and analyze data, perform mathematical calculations, and provide data for some scientific or engineering design problems. Data processing technicians work with many different kinds of professionals including information scientists; systems analysts; information processing engineers; and engineering, scientific, and business computer programmers.

Quick Facts
Duties Operating computers; data processing and programming; analyzing business problems and errors in programs; modifying programs
Alternate Title(s) Business Data Processing Technicians, Scientific Data Processing Technicians
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience On-the-job training; any prior related experience
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Data Analyst or Supervisor
  • Senior Programmer
  • Junior Programmer
  • Data Processing Technician
  • Data Entry Clerk

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